William DeVinney

Counsel

Washington, D.C.
T 202.861.1554  |  F 202.861.1783

William DeVinney has a broad litigation practice that includes antitrust, intellectual property, commercial class action, securities, and other complex commercial litigation. He has extensive trial experience, both as a member of trial teams and as first chair in jury and bench trials, arbitrations proceedings, and regulatory hearings. William has also argued cases before several federal and state appellate courts. He also counsels clients on antitrust issues.

Select Experience

  • Member of team representing certified class of dairy farmers located in 14 Southeastern States against Dairy Farmers of America, Dean Foods, and a number of other defendants in an action alleging violations of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act by unlawfully conspiring to eliminate competition for marketing, sale, and purchase of raw milk in the Southeast United States. Litigation was settled for more than 70 percent of alleged damages.
  • Represented multinational consumer goods company in consumer class action alleging false advertising. Complaint against client dismissed with prejudice.
  • Represented multinational chemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation against Sherman Act Section 2 claim brought by competitor alleging that client had either monopolized or attempted to monopolize alleged market for transgenic corn seed.
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Experience

  • Member of team representing certified class of dairy farmers located in 14 Southeastern States against Dairy Farmers of America, Dean Foods, and a number of other defendants in an action alleging violations of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act by unlawfully conspiring to eliminate competition for marketing, sale, and purchase of raw milk in the Southeast United States. Litigation was settled for more than 70 percent of alleged damages.
  • Represented multinational consumer goods company in consumer class action alleging false advertising. Complaint against client dismissed with prejudice.
  • Represented multinational chemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation against Sherman Act Section 2 claim brought by competitor alleging that client had either monopolized or attempted to monopolize alleged market for transgenic corn seed.
  • Defended multinational chemical and agricultural biotechnology company accused of monopolizing market for transgenic corn seed industry. Motion for class certification by plaintiff rejected by trial court and before Third Circuit on appeal.
  • Represented multinational technology company in private antitrust claim brought by competitor, as well as in investigations brought by the EU, Federal Trade Commission, and state government enforcement agencies.
  • Defended former executive of Bankers Trust Corporation in criminal trial and related SEC administrative proceedings arising from alleged improper accounting treatment of unclaimed funds. After six-week jury trial, client was acquitted of all 36 counts in indictment and favorable settlement was reached with SEC.

Pro Bono

  • Served as lead counsel for three congressmen and a public interest group filing amicus brief in United States Supreme Court.
  • Represented several clients in fair housing cases in antidiscrimination, fair housing, landlord/tenant, and contractual disputes.

Services

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Education

  • J.D., William & Mary Law School, 1998
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1991

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Antitrust Advocate
Join BakerHostetler’s Carl Hittinger for Webinar Presentation on Antitrust Risks for Trade Associations and Members
May 22, 2015
BakerHostetler antitrust partner Carl Hittinger will be a panelist on an upcoming live webinar, “Antitrust Risks for Trade Associations and Members: Ensuring Compliance Amid Intense Federal Scrutiny,” scheduled for Wednesday, June 3...
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Antitrust Advocate
‘Actavis’ Still Raising More Questions Than It Answers
May 21, 2015
Nearly two years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Federal Trade Commission v. Actavis, 133 S. Ct. 2223 (2013), “reverse payment” settlements in patent litigation between brand-name drug manufacturers and potential generic...
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Fit to Be Tied: Appeals Court Redefines Tying Arrangements Based on Bundled Pricing
May 15, 2015
Corporate antitrust compliance programs often spotlight the dangers of tying arrangements. Those risks arise when a seller with a dominant position in one product coerces its customers by offering that must-have product only if customers...
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Apple’s Streaming Music Service Under Investigation
May 7, 2015
It has been a busy several months for antitrust regulators and the tech giants whose alleged conduct has recently drawn their ire. Just a few weeks ago, Google formally became the subject of a European investigation into its alleged...
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EU Tells Google to Try Harder
April 16, 2015
It’s official: on Wednesday, in a formal Statement of Objections, the European Union’s antitrust chief formally accused Google of abusing its dominant position in the web search arena. The European Commission is focused on Google’s alleged...
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